South Shore Resource and Advocacy Center
Welcome! We are a nonprofit, community-based domestic violence program that has been assisting survivors of domestic violence and their families for more than 40 years. SSRAC is committed to providing comprehensive services for intimate partner and familial violence, as well as victim services and prevention for survivors and loved ones of impaired driving crashes, and loved ones who have lost someone to homicide. We work to further a community culture that provides safety and support to those affected by domestic violence, homicide, and impaired driving crashes to empower victims, survivors, and their children so that they can lead lives free from domestic violence and strive to heal from the aftermath of impaired crashes and homicide. Services are free and confidential to all, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, identity, orientation, religious beliefs, gender, immigration status, and/or income.
Domestic Violence Services
- 24-hour, toll-free hotline support, 365 days
- Emergency safe-homing for survivors and their children within our network of confidential safe homes and/or assistance with long-term placement
- Food and clothing donations for program participants as available
Counseling and Support
- Housing Stabilization and Economic Advocacy
- Children’s S.E.E. program
- Individual counseling and support groups for survivors focusing on overcoming the effects of abuse
- The older women’s program helps support women over age 55 with issues of neglect and abuse while working to preserve their dignity and independence
- Individual and group counseling for children and adolescents affected by domestic and/or teen dating violence
- Safety planning discusses what the safest options are for your situation
- Crisis intervention is provided on the phone or in person. Our domestic violence advocates assist you with information and support
Outreach Programs and Services
Court Advocacy (SAFEPLAN)
Navigating through the courts is an often bewildering process. Advocates work out of Plymouth District, Plymouth Probate, Wareham District, and Hingham District Courts. They help clients with the 209A process, in addition to the Harassment Prevention Order (258E), passed in Massachusetts, which protects individuals against stalking, sexual assault, and criminal harassment. The Abuse Prevention Law (209A) is for domestic violence survivors. One of the requirements to filing is a relationship must exist between family or household members. A victim of sexual assault by someone with whom no previous relationship exists can seek a 258E harassment order.
Homicide Bereavement Services (SHARES)
South Shore Resource and Advocacy Center provides victim services to survivors, family members, and loved ones, who have lost a family member or loved one due to homicide. SHARES is funded by the Victim of Crimes Act (VOCA). A referral may come from the police, courts, DCF, DTA, social services, hospitals, and self- referral
Road to Healing (DDTF)
South Shore Resource and Advocacy Center will provide victim services to survivors, family members, and loved ones who have been impacted by an impaired driving crash. Road to Healing is a program funded by the Victim of Crimes Act (VOCA), which provides direct support and advocacy to survivors, who are affected by impaired driving crashes. A referral may come from the police, courts, DCF, DTA, social services, hospitals, or be a self-referral.
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital: Plymouth Advocacy
Advocates work with survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault in the Emergency Department, exploring resources and options, as well as safety planning and scheduling follow-up services.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
This outreach program is conducted in collaboration with the Plymouth Council on Aging. Grandparents who are raising their grandchildren receive information, education, and legal advice on available resources.
We support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, adults, and their families and provide crisis counseling and advocacy services for LGBTQ youth, who have experienced relationship violence, bullying, or harassment. We also offer a weekly support group for South Shore area youth called SShAGLY. Open to LGBTQ and allied youth age 14-18. We are part of the GLBT Youth Group Network of Massachusetts. SShAGLY meets the 2nd and 4th Monday every month from 7-9 PM at the First Parish Church, 842 Tremont Street, Duxbury.
Additional Programs and Services
Child Witness to Violence
Counseling, support, and advocacy for children who witness or experience abuse/violence.
Dating Violence Prevention and Intervention
This program is for adolescents, who are in abusive or unhealthy relationships. Counseling and group support are offered at the South Shore Resource and Advocacy Center, in the community, or at the adolescent’s school.
Education and Trainings
Intervention and prevention education and workshops are provided to all interested community groups (i.e. civic, religious, business, and school). We also bring the White Ribbon Campaign into area schools. The White Ribbon Campaign is an initiative that encourages men to become outspoken advocates against violence against women. As dating violence is a very real issue teens are grappling with, the White Ribbon Campaign is an effective tool in educating young people about dating and domestic violence.
The South Shore Resource and Advocacy Center works with our community partners to educate people about domestic violence, in addition to preventing its occurrence in the first place. Partners include local police departments, area schools, local Council on Aging centers, the Department of Children & Families, Department of Transitional Assistance, Plymouth County DA’s Office, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department, Plymouth County Risk Assessment Team, the United Way of Greater Plymouth County, faith-based entities, and other interested groups.